Police Beat: the week of 9/22 in crime

Chase ends in arrest

A HIGH-SPEED  chase at 4 a.m. started when police drove up to ticket 32-year-old Herald Henry for double parking, according to the police report. It says that Henry then sped off in a stolen 1996 Chrysler Town & Country through a residential neighborhood. The chase ended when Henry jumped out of the still moving minivan at Forest Avenue and East 156th Street, according to police. When an officer tried to cuff him, Henry “flailed his arms and twisted his body,” resisting arrest, the police report says. Police say they found a crack cocaine pipe in Henry’s pocket. The ignition was ripped out of the minivan and a screwdriver was on its floor of the car. The district attorney hit Henry with 11 charges, including two counts of reckless endangerment, one count of fleeing a police officer and one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance. Henry was arraigned on Sept. 28. He pled not guilty and bail was set at $15,000. On Oct. 2, he decided to testify in front of a grand jury, according to the DA. Henry will be represented by Alison Lowy from Legal Aid. He was convicted three months ago of auto stripping in the 3rd degree, according to the DA.

Domestic dispute

A 44-YEAR-OLD MAN tried to end an argument with his girlfriend early on the morning of Sept. 21 by choking her with the belt from her bathrobe, the 48-year-old woman told police. The woman said she got away from him and fled from her home on the Bruckner Boulevard near St. Ann’s Place. When she returned, she found that her boyfriend had taken the keys to her 2000 Nissan Altima and driven off, police said. The man, whose name police have not released, is still at large.


THIS WEEK there were seven robberies, down from nine robberies in the same time period last year. Police arrested two teenagers, Rhancey Sidibe and Fettena House, in connection with a bikenapping on Sept. 22. The pair, together with a boy whose name won’t be released because he’s a juvenile, surrounded a 27-year-old man and stole his electric bike worth $1380 at 8 p.m. near the Hub, police said. Sidibe and House have been hit with five charges, including robbery and grand larceny.

ON SEPT. 23, a young man was walking home from school around 4 p.m. when his phone was stolen at gunpoint on Third Avenue and East 141st Street, police said.  Police said the victim told them that the gun he’d been held up with was a fake.

FIVE HOURS later, another young man had his phone stolen by two men who grabbed him from behind and put him in a chokehold at East 160th Street and Jackson Avenue until he fell briefly unconscious, police said.

AND THEN,  on the afternoon of Saturday, Sept. 28, someone pushed a 28-year-old woman to the ground and ripped her phone out of her hand at 143rd Street and Morris Avenue, police said.

THE NEXT DAY, at 12:45 a.m., a 38-year-old man was punched and held up at gunpoint at 787 E. 160th St., police said. The man told the police the attacker stole his wallet with $150, an iPod Nano, and a Coby radio.

AND FINALLY, that evening, police said a man came up behind a young woman, punched her in the face, and then took her phone near the intersection of St. Anns Avenue and East 138th Street.


BURGLARS made a hole in the roof of a warehouse at 381 Rider Ave. last weekend and made off with $9,000 in cash, according to police. Police said the theft was discovered when workers returned to work at Saps Drug Wholesale on Tuesday, Sept. 24. The lights were still on, and the desk drawer that had held the cash had been neatly emptied.

A MAN came home from work on Sept. 25 to find his air conditioner gone from his window and $10,000 worth of goods stolen, police say. The resident told police that his laptop, jewelry, cash and other valuables were gone from his apartment near East 150th Street and Morris Avenue.


EARLIER in September, a patient attacked a 48-year-old nurse in Lincoln Hospital, according to a complaint she filed last week. She told police her assailant upended her tray of hospital food and then hurled it at her, leaving her with a bruise on her midriff. The nurse had argued with the patient and her daughter in the run-up to the alleged assault, police said.

AT 1 P.M. on Sept. 25, a man working in his garden near St. Anns Avenue and East 138th Street, heard someone calling to him from the roof, police said. When he looked up, he told police that he was hit in the face with a rock. He told police he believed that three young kids up on the roof were responsible.

Grand larceny

VICTIMS REPORTED 14 cases of grand larceny to police this week. The first victim was a 77-year-old woman who discovered her wallet was missing when she tried to pay for her medications at a pharmacy near Third Avenue and East 154th Street on Sept. 18.

AT 9 A.M.  on Monday, Sept. 23, police said a middle-aged woman lost her wallet with  $950 in it in the Western Beef supermarket at 301 Morris Ave. A crime prevention officer said he saw a woman caught on security cameras pick up the wallet and make off with it.

LATER that evening, a 64-year-old woman left her wallet unattended on her walker with $450 cash, inside the Footlocker store at 2893 Third Ave. When she returned to her walker the money was gone, according to a police report.

ON TUESDDAY, Sept. 24, thieves hit two locker rooms at separate locations, according to police reports. The first wallet was stolen from an unlocked Sanitation Dept. locker at Caldwell Avenue and East 149th Street at around 6 a.m., police said. At noon, someone pilfered a gym bag along with a wallet containing $60 from an unlocked locker at Planet Fitness on Third Avenue near East 149th Street.

ALSO on, Sept. 24, at 1 p.m. a 34-year-old woman had her phone stolen out of her hand while she was talking on it near Willis Avenue and East 148th Street, police said.

SEVEN HOURS later, police said thieves snatched the phone from a 60-year-old man on the subway, while the 6 train was still moving near the Cypress Avenue stop.

ALSO on Sept. 24, at 1 p.m. a 34-year-old woman had her phone stolen out of her hand while she was talking on it near Willis Ave. and 148th St., police said.

SEVEN HOURS later, police said thieves snatched the phone from a 60-year-old man on the subway, while the 6 train was still moving near the Cypress Avenue stop.

AROUND 3 P.M. on Sept. 26  a 45-year-old woman’s phone was snatched out of her hand at Elton Ave. and 156th St., police said. Four hours after that, police said the same thing happened to another woman near Brook Avenue and 158th Street. And 45 minutes later, a teacher at a PTA conference at Saint Anselm Parochial School had her pocketbook, with her phone inside, stolen from her desk, police said.

ANOTHER WALLET, containing $78 disappeared that day after a man left it on a table in McDonald’s near Westchester Avenue and East 160th Street, police said.

FINALLY, three wallets were stolen this past Sunday, Sept. 29. Police said a phone and a wallet were stolen from a Honda Pilot parked on Grand Concourse near East 144th Street. Another wallet was pickpocketed from a man at 3 a.m. near East 149th Street and Morris Avenue, police said. The third was stolen from a car around 7 a.m. right around the corner from there at 700 Morris Ave.

Items in Police beat are based on reports from the 40th Precinct and Bronx District Attorney’s office. Those arrested are not guilty unless a court convicts them.